Michael Ricks, president of Mercy Hospital of Folsom, left, presents grants checks to Tara Baltzley (Powerhouse Ministries), Brad Squires (Orangevale Food Bank) and Eric Fimbres (The Effort), left to right, at the Dignity Health Community Grants luncheon. Courtesy photo

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Dignity Health grants help thousands

By From page A11 | February 06, 2013

• 28 local non-profits receive grants to help fund programs

SACRAMENTO — Dignity Health, which operates the Mercy, Methodist and Woodland affiliate hospitals in the greater Sacramento region, has awarded $741,206 in grant funding to 28 non-profit organizations in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo counties.

The grants, from $5,000 to $50,000, will build capacity in the community to offer much-needed services ranging from primary care to mental illness to chronic disease management, shelter and various social support programs to underserved and vulnerable populations. This year’s recipient organizations reach
out to local ethnic communities and provide services to multiple generations from infants to the elderly.

“The Dignity Health Community Grants Program is one of the many ways our hospitals can help other nonprofit organizations deliver primary care, mental health and social services to the communities we serve,” said Michael Taylor, senior vice president of Operations for the Greater Sacramento – San Joaquin service area. “We are proud to work collaboratively with these organizations to improve the health of people living in our community.”

The Dignity Health Community Grants Program is open to all nonprofit community service organizations that share Dignity Health’s mission and values and are dedicated to building healthier communities by improving health and living disparities. The program supports organizations that increase access to care for the poor and address the underlying causes of illness — such as physical and substance abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness — as well as specific health issues. Grants are funded by contributions from Dignity Health’s member hospitals. In the Greater Sacramento region, Dignity Health hospitals that contribute to the grants program are Mercy General Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Mercy Hospital of Folsom and Woodland Healthcare.

Grant funding is awarded according to specific criteria and restricted to the specific programs proposed. To foster collaboration this year, Dignity Health’s four hospitals in Sacramento County asked nonprofit organizations to submit partnership proposals that provide the full continuum of care for specific target populations. Dignity Health also teamed with the California Institute of Mental Health to enable grant recipients to participate in a Learning Collaborative focused on building collaborative practices and developing quality outcome measures.

Grant awards went to the following organizations:

1. El Hogar, Midtown Medical Center and Clean and Sober will focus on addressing the behavioral health, primary health, substance abuse and housing needs of the underserved.

2. Health and Life Organization, Hmong Women’s Heritage Association, Capitol Health Network, Southeast Asian Assistance Center and La Familia Counseling Center will improve culturally appropriate health access for underserved Hmong, Cambodian, Mien, Vietnamese and Latino populations.

3. Health for All, Volunteers in Victim Assistance, Health and Life Organization, United Iu-Mien Community and iCAN will provide and coordinate health care and resources for low-income victims of violence and their families.

4. Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home, Women’s Empowerment and Sacramento District Dental Foundation will meet the physical, dental and psychological needs of homeless women and their children.

5. Folsom Cordova Community Partnerships, Alternatives Pregnancy Center and Sacramento Life Center will increase access to vital health and wellness services for pregnant women and families with children.

6. Twin Lakes Food Bank, Powerhouse Ministries, The Effort and Orangevale Food Bank will meet the primary and behavioral health needs and provide healthy food and social support to families in low-income neighborhoods.

Dignity Health has distributed more than $6 million to 303 organizations in the Sacramento area and $46.6 million to deserving projects throughout the Dignity Health system. Grant recipients are required to complete a detailed grant proposal outlining the purpose and scope of the project to be funded, as well as the population to be served, the project’s outcomes, plans for its long-term operation and measurement of success. Projects must be in the area of healthcare, and related social services.

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Discussion | 2 comments

  • scottFebruary 26, 2013 - 8:04 am

    DIGNITY HEALTH FRAUD, do not be fooled by the false and deceitful, phony stories they are helping people, they are using your donated funds to settle massive court ordered judgements, misconduct, sexual misconduct, failure to treat and give aid to ER patients and patient dumping, and Medicare, Medical and insurance fraud and false billings. They currently have numerous judgments owing over $ 200,000,000.00 Million in settlements to pay with more coming. DO NOT trust or donate any monies to there ongoing fraud and scams. French Hospital of San Luis Obispo, CA continue to be under a cloud of wrong doing and found by Investigators to giving substandard care, fraud and false billings and failing to treat patients.

  • PeggyMarch 10, 2013 - 8:22 am

    As a former patient of two Dignity Health Care, facilities formerly called C.H.W. i can say first hand experience they are indeed liars, i was solicited more than 13 times in 6 months to give money. All because they are broke and have serious legal issues. I called and asked how and why my name and address was give to the solicitation for both hospitals ? Answer was former patients with money ? we ask for donations ? They knew my last name was affiliated with a major mega millions dollar foundation, shame on them. My insurance was charged over $300,000.00 in two visits to 2 of their hospitals the two stays were one was 3 days the other one day, nothing done accept observations and monitoring my heart. NO surgeries or major tests other than blood and one CT scan all for $ 300,000.00 ? fraud my insurance paid a total of 4,000.00 and some change. They indeed have defrauded many people and i will never go to French Hospital or Arroyo Grande ever again. Both have serious issues with fraud and malpractice and the fact they say they are a " Not for Profit" is a lie and IRS scam.



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